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Chuo University

, literally Central University, is a private university in Tokyo, renowned for its law school. The University has three campuses at Tama (Hachiōji) for arts, at Korakuen for science, and at Ichigaya (Shinjuku) for law. Chuo University has now six faculties, ten graduate schools, and nine research institutes. It also operates three high schools.


Chuo was founded as the in 1885 at kanda in Tokyo by a group of lawyers. By 1889, the school had moved and been renamed Tokyo College of Law (Tokyo Hōgakuin). The curriculum was changed to reflect the government reform of Japanese law and creation of a new civil code. Opposition to the implementation of the new civil code resulted in the government shuttering of the campus journal and the subsequent creation of the Chuo Law Review (Hōgaku Shinpo), which has since been published regularly.

The university burned down in the Great Kanda Fire of 1892, but was able to hold temporary classes. By 1903, the school been promoted to Tokyo University of Law (Tokyo Hōgakuin Daigaku) and in 1905 the school expanded with a department of economics, renaming itself Chuo University.

Another fire torched the campus in June 1917, but it was rebuilt by August 1918. The 1923 Great Kantō earthquake again reduced the campus to rubble and it was rebuilt, moving to Kanda-Surugadai in 1926. It has since moved and expanded on its present three campuses at Hachiōji, Korakuen, and Shinjuku.

Faculties and Graduate schools


  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Policy Studies

graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Policy Studies
  • Graduate School of Public Policy

professional graduate schools

  • Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting(CGSA)
  • Chuo Law School(CLS)
  • Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management(CBS)


The main campus in Tama is a short walk from the Chūō-Daigaku-Meisei-Daigaku Station of the Tama Monorail, which is reachable from the city on the JR Chuo line, the Keio line, and the Odakyu line.

The Korakuen campus can be reached from Kasuga Station (Oedo subway line, Mita subway line), Korakuen Station (Marunouchi subway line, Namboku subway line), and Suidobashi Station (JR Chuo-Sobu line).

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